While citrus fruits from the southern hemisphere are gradually leaving the Western European market, the arrivals from southern European cultivation are slowly increasing. Products from Spain and Italy are already to be found in German wholesale markets. However, batches from overseas are still dominating events at Swiss wholesalers, says a spokesman from Gunterswiler AG, based in Frauenfeld.
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Clementines and tangerines
Lemons and oranges can be sold all year round, as seen by the distribution numbers of the wholesaler. Mandarins from Australia are currently in particularly high demand. ''At the same time, clementines and tangerines are currently starting up. We have not yet switched to products from the Northern Hemisphere, but as soon as they are available, in a week or two, we will offer them."
The demand is slowly rising in November, but the peak season does not start until December: ''The Christmas season is clearly the peak season for clementines and mandarins.''
Another distinct specialty during the winter months are the tasty, sweet chestnuts from southern Europe. The Gunterswiler AG has already marketed the first lots: '' First,the French products arrive on the market. Later the Italian products are added. However, there is hardly a price difference between them. We expect more arrivals in about 2-3 weeks.''
Regional berry fruit
The Gunterswiller AG company was founded in 1954 and over the years has become a leading supplier to the regional hotel industry, gastronomy and retailers. During the season, mainly soft fruits of all kinds from local cultivation are marketed, and their range of goods also includes foreign products, are purchased through the Zurich wholesale market.